Human skeleton found in western Colorado is that of Ronald Vasey, who had been missing for 26 years

Coroner: All evidence points to suicide

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A human skeleton found in a partially buried car in western Colorado is that of a man reported missing 26 years ago, authorities say.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports the Mesa County Coroner's Office identified the man Monday as 65-year-old Ronald Vasey, who went missing in 1987.

The sheriff's department says a man hiking near John Brown Canyon Road called 911 at about 6 p.m. Thursday to report a crashed vehicle, which was below a cliff roughly 100 feet off the roadway. The vehicle was partially obscured by rocks and sediment presumably washed down over the years.

“All evidence gathered points to this being a suicide,” the coroner’s release said.

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